Education Researcher (Foundational Learning)
Erica supports the Data Must Speak Research project as implementation research consultant. Prior to this, she worked for three years as education specialist at the UNICEF Libya country office, focusing on the transition from education in emergencies/education service delivery to system strengthening of the education sector in areas of teacher professional development, inclusive education, life skills and learning recovery. She is interested in the use of education data to support policy development and in the intersection between education and socio-economic and legal dimensions affecting the lives of children. Before joining UNICEF, she worked as education officer for data and evidence at UNHCR, where she conducted data analysis to advocate for refugee inclusion in national education systems globally. Through a fellowship of the Overseas Development Institute, she supported the Education Management Information System (EMIS) of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education in developing the national statistical report as well as with planning-related data needs. She was also a qualitative researcher in Lebanon answering questions on the impact of the Syrian crisis on human trafficking in the country, for the International Center for Migration Policy Development. Erica holds Master’s degrees in in Economics, Politics and International Institutions (Pavia University) and Education (Research Training, Oxford University).